It is a known fact that a healthy and happy employee equals a more productive employee. Life is unpredictable and every employee needs help from time to time. An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can be an easy and affordable option that allows businesses to retain valued employees while they are coping with life’s twists and turns.
The resources provided through an EAP connect employees and their dependents to help with substance abuse, mental, emotional, family, health, or other personal problems. An EAP is also an excellent source for employees who are searching for ways to simply improve their overall personal and financial wellness. Assistance programs also provide help with topics including:
- Smoking cessation
- Weight loss
- Starting an exercise program
- Financial planning
EAPs programs are considered an employee benefit and are typically funded by the employer or an employee union. This benefit pays for itself when the costs of EAP services are compared to the expenses of hiring and training a new employee.
As an employer you may not have control over unresolved personal problems that directly affect an employee’s ability to perform on the job, but the services provided by an EAP give you and your employees more control of the future. Don’t have an EAP program? Check with your insurance broker for a list of recommended programs.